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Michael's Memo

We celebrate many ways during the holiday season. Families and friends, the Christmas spirit, holiday traditions and favorite foods are but a few of the blessings in which we rejoice. Of course, at the core of our Christmas celebrations is God's gift to us - His son, Jesus the Christ, our Lord. Christmas is a celebration of God's love that never gives up on us.

The season of Advent is a time when we in the church step away from the world that is constantly telling us to buy stuff and eat stuff. We leave that kind of thinking behind and focus on Jesus' journey as prophet and teacher and then on Christmas Eve celebrate his birth. Indeed, Hope is on the Way and arrives in Jesus.

I am glad you are a part of our community of faith and will celebrate the birth of a baby who came among us more than two thousand years ago. This baby grew up to be an adult and changed the whole world. The world has not been the same since Jesus was born. Here at Slash Church, we are challenging ourselves to continue his work by sharing his love and spreading his message of hope everywhere we go.

January 2018
The challenge to continue the work of building the Kingdom Jesus re-imagined continues with a January sermon series taken right out of the theater. We will journey to a Galilee Far, Far Away. The release of the new film: Star Wars: The Last Jedi has reminded me how much I appreciate Star Wars for its theological and biblical themes. Beginning January 21, we will discover how the Holy Spirit is like the force.

I will see you in Sunday morning worship and at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4 p.m.

En Agape',

Rev. Michael

Slash will have a regular Sunday schedule with both services and Church school on  Christmas and New Year's Eve

Christmas Eve 2017

Reaching Up
January Serving Schedul e
Next Elders Meeting: January 2; 7:00 p.m.
Elder of the Month:   Nancy Farrell
Communion Prep: Chad Baugher

Date Genesis Elder/Greeter Elders Diaconate Acolytes
7 Judy Pierce Reggie Martin Chad Baugher * John Weeks
  Carlton Shelton (G) David Bremner Norma Miller Elena Highfield
      Elana Gant  
      Meredith Farrell (J)  
14 ONE Worship Madelyn Logan Deborah Sadler * Emmett Pierce
    Harold Manahan Alex Smith Avery Pierce
      Keith Dalton  
      Kendall Dalton (J)  
21 Ed Hellermann Mark Highfield Heather Ostrander * Owen Highfield
  Ed Baugher (G) Nancy Farrell Jim Ostrander Tristan Goodman
      Wendy Benson (J)  
      Chris Benson (J)  
28 Judy Pierce Patsy Fowler Don Moore * Aiden Youngken
  Jared Pierce (G) Ted Jones Julie Moore Hailey Pierce
      Norma Miller  
      Elana Gant  
(G) = Greeter   (J) = Jr. Diaconate

Board Meeting

Splinters from the Board
Reggie Martin, Moderator
Next Board Meeting: January 21, 7 p.m.

Slash Congregational Meeting was held o n December 3rd.  

Congregational Meeting Agenda Items were voted on and approved:
2018 Ministry Plan 
2018 Slash Leadership
Facility Use Guidelines

I nstallation of 2018 Leadership Community  & Elder/Deacon Training 
We have scheduled an Installation and Ordination for our new officers and elders. 
It will be January 14th at the 11:00 a.m. ONE Worship service. At 5:00 p.m., all church elders, deacons, junior deacons and acolytes will meet for training followed by a meal.

All Church Planning Retreat 
All church leaders and ministry team leads are invited to attend this planning session for the 2018 year on January 21 at 5:00 p.m. A meal will be served following the meeting. (Pizza, salad and drinks)
This meeting will be followed by the January Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

January 14th, 5 pm - 7 pm Elder/Diaconate Training and Meal

Come and join all the Elders and Diaconate of Slash in a time of fellowship and learning. This is an important opportunity to get to know one another and learn about our ministry plans for the year. Several important topics will be discussed.
  • The Serving schedule will be distributed
  • The shepherding of the congregation will be outlined
  • Sunday morning ministry responsibilities - early service & 11:00 service, ONE Worship services, and special worship services
  • Greeter/lead diaconate responsibilities
  • Visitor greeting process
  • Receiving offering
  • Serving communion
  • Communion preparation

End of year giving: 

According to IRS regulations any monetary gifts/donations given to the church for 2017 tax purposes must be given in church by 12/31/17 or postmarked by 12/31/17.

The Peace Light is Coming to Slash  Church
11 am worship on Christmas Eve                          

Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City. The lamps in the picture below then make their journey from the airport in New York all over the United States. The Markley family from Slash received the light and are bringing it here to church this Sunday.

If you would like to share the light bring your own lamp or enclosed candle to church on Sunday!

Outreach Opportunities

Christmas Family
This past week several of Santa's elves loaded up sleighs and proceeded off to meet Grandma.  After much anticipation, the sleighs began to be unloaded.  Did I mention it took more than one sleigh to deliver the gifts? There were matchbox and hot wheels cars, chalk and coloring materials, Harry Potter items and more for the little ones. There were shoes and clothing. There were so many gift cards. Oh my!   Eyes were sparkling (some with tears).  Smiles were getting bigger and hugs were numerous.  There were thanks and thanks and more thanks. To all of the elves at Slash who helped to make a memorable Christmas for our Christmas families - I say THANK YOU!  You are elves as well as Angels!  

Christmas Offering received December 10 and 17
Did you know that 100% of the Christmas offering that your congregation receives on December 10th and 17th comes back to the Region of Virginia? Perhaps that may sound strange, for the Region to be a recipient of this Special Day offering, but in fact, what better way can we live into our commitment to one another, to live together as the Body of Christ? From Christ's love for us, and our love for one another, we can strengthen all the marvelous ministries that happen around the year in Virginia, by participating prayerfully and generously in this year's Christmas offering.
Thank you for your generous gifts as of December 18th totaling $440.00.

Hanover Christmas Mother Hat Project

We so appreciate your contribution to the project. 
Your generosity of both gloves and hats was wonderful. Please keep knitting and crocheting. 
We are hoping to do this again next year. 

In Christ, 
Lebanon United Methodist Women
June Chappell and the "Knit Wits".

meals on wheels
Meals on Wheels

The sign-up sheet is posted on the Disciples Women bulletin board by the nursery. Drivers for January are needed.

The Latest Youth News from Slash
2018 Christmas Party

Our thanks to Leslie West for hosting our Christmas party. Everyone had a great time.
Our youth maintain an active schedule of mission, Bible study, and fun. Just a reminder that Youth Group at Slash includes 6th-12th graders. Everyone is always welcome to bring  friends. We have several activities coming up that we want to make sure everyone has on their calendars. 
  • January 7, 5-6:30 pm, Youth Bible Study, at Slash Church. We will also take some time to plan our Lock-In.
  • January 26, 7pm - January 27, 9am, Winter Lock-In, we are inviting other groups from Disciple churches in the area.
  • January 28, 2:00 pm, Celebration and Wedding Shower for Anna West at Slash.
  • February 4, 5-6:30 pm, Youth Bible Study, at Slash Church 
  • February 18, 5-6:30 pm, Youth Bible Study, at Slash Church 
  • May 6, Youth Sunday 
Summer 2018 Craig Springs Schedule
Remember Slash provides half price camperships to many of these camps as well as paying 100% of the fees for our 9th-12th grade youth who volunteer as counselors at Nature Camp. Camp sign up forms will be out in the new year.

Craig Springs
Spring Work Weekend - May 25-27
Nature Camp - June 25-29
Special Camp - July 1-6
Triple 1 - July 8-13
AMPDD Camp - July 16-21
Triple 2 - July 22-27
New Covenant Camp - July 29- August 3
Family Camp - August 3-6
Fall Work Weekend - October 5-7

Flower Ministry


The 2018 flower chart is posted in the sanctuary . If you would like to purchas e flowers  in me mory of or in honor of a loved one please sign up on the flower chart, fill in an order form and return it to the office. You may email or call the office (798-4520) to order sanctuary flowers.   The sanctuary flower price is $27.00 with checks made payable to Slash Christian Church. Orders do not have to be prepaid.  

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Current Needs:
Adult Clothing:
Men's thermal underwear (all sizes).
Men's work boots (sizes 9 and above)
Women's bras (all sizes)
Children's Clothing:
Boy's winter pants and shirts (sizes 8 and larger)
Girl's winter pants and shirts (sizes 6 and larger)
Toddler (boy's) winter pants and shirts (size 18 months)
Boy's and Girl's winter coats (all sizes)
Canned fruit and apple sauce
Pasta/Spaghetti sauce
Jelly (small to medium size - not the big ones)
Canned chicken
Canned stew (beef and Brunswick)
Electric heaters
Can openers (manual, not electric)
We will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
Thank you for your continued support!

Prayer Requests

Church Family
Ed Baugher, Jo Richardson, Sandra Loving, Dianne Jones, Carolyn Nash

Buck and Frances Hale, H.T. Loving, MaryLee Jones, Norma Jennings, Beverly Vaughan
Alvin Loving, (Hanover Manor)

For Healing
All those affected by the shootings, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires
Chad Long (son-in-law of the Ostranders), Bonnie Gregoire (sister of Heather Ostrander)
Tim Thomason (Judy Pierce's niece's husband), Catherine Muir (Carolyn Putnam's daughter in law's niece), Patty O'Riley (friend of Carolyn Putnam), Helen Robertson (mother of Torrie Goodman), Maryanne Reid (friend of Meredith Baugher), Kaitlyn Stahr (neighbor of Carlton Shelton), Keith Bates (brother-in-law of Becky Baugher), Sandra Colley (friend of Ginnie Caudell),  G loria Mangum (sister-in-law of Judy Pierce), Ann Graham (sister of Don Kersey),  Charles Goodman (brother-in-law of Barbara Jean Goodman),  Barbara Cunningham (sister of Jo Richardson),  The Berrocal Family in Puerto Rico (family of Don and Julie Moore),  Bob Raiford (father of Michelle Weeks),  Bob Henderson (husband of Barbara Henderson), Sheryl Snellings (friend of Dianne Jones),  Robert Cook (brother of Julie Moore),  Darlene Webb (friend of Gail Hellermann),  Luella Markley (grandmother of Logan and Lauren),  Cara Wehman Bradshaw (friend of Matthew Harrison),  Kathy Goodman (aunt of Carolyn Putnam),  Duff Green (neighbor of Steve Harrison),  Walter Loving (brother of Brooken Loving),  John Doty (friend of Becky Baugher),  Whitney Bush and Gene Harmon (friends of Patsy Fowler),  Donald West (brother of Lloyd West),  Conner Bartz (nephew of Carol Kurz),  Iris Epps (friend of Gail Hellermann),  Pam and Craig Brown (friends of Gail Hellermann),  Vaughn Schmitt (family friend of the Weeks'),  Nancy Hooper (sister of Brooken Loving),  Dickie Tomlin (brother-in-law of Buddy Fowler),  Charlie Hunt (friend of Judy Pierce),  Shot Mangum (brother of Judy Pierce),  Jack McGuire (uncle of Michelle Weeks),  All military personnel, first responders and their families
Unspoken prayer concerns

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Office Hours: Monday through Friday; 9 a.m to 2 p.m.